ARMENIA AIMS TO TARNISH TURKEY'S IMAGE: TURKISH EXPERT

AzerNews, Azerbaijan
April 4 2014

4 April 2014, 15:10 (GMT+05:00)
By Jamila Babayeva

The Armenian authorities have again failed in their efforts to tarnish
Turkey's image by selling the second so-called "Armenian genocide"
to the world community.

The Armenian authorities continue to blame Turkey for "Armenian
massacre" in Syria's Kesab town. This comes as the town's Mayor
Vazgen Chaparyan has rejected as baseless any reports on "massacre"
in the region.

"Armenia's groundless claims cannot be accepted as they are absolutely
false," Head of the Center for International Strategy and Security
Studies, Turkish expert Dr. Mehmet Seyfettin Erol told AzerNews.

"Armenia's aim is just to present Turkey - a country which
has repeatedly suffered from terror attacks - as a supporter
of terrorists," he said. "Armenia intends to tarnish Turkey's
international image," he added.

The Armenian authorities claim that Armenians in Kesab were allegedly
forced to migrate a century after the so- called "Armenian genocide",
a claim which has not been historically proved.

Armenia and the Armenian lobby groups claim that the predecessor of
modern Turkey, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide"
against the Armenians living in Anadolu in 1915.

Erol believes that Armenian authorities' efforts are part of the
psychological war against Turkey.

"Yerevan intends to strengthen its positions on the eve of
100th anniversary of so-called "Armenian genocide" and to garner
international community's support," he said.

He added that Armenia also aims to depict Turkey as a supporter of
war in Syria and to limit Ankara's initiation in the war-torn country.